BUDGET DEAL: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer will call on Congress to pass a grand bargain budget deal stating the U.S. risks losing its status as a world economic leader if it fails to do so. “The Maryland Democrat, long an outspoken proponent of a sweeping deficit-reduction deal, is challenging lawmakers from both parties to put aside their differences and work toward a balanced agreement before the U.S. becomes, in his words, ‘a nation that can’t invest in its own people,'” writes Mike Lillis. Our No Budget, No Pay bill suspends members' pay if they do not pass a budget: Mike Lillis for The Hill: Hoyer to amplify call for budget ‘big deal'
UNEVEN WAGES: “Wages are booming in some of the hottest segments of the economy, but those gains are masking an otherwise bleak picture for American incomes five years after the recession ended,” writes Jonathan House: Jonathan House for The Wall Street Journal: Uneven Wage Gains Restrain Recovery
CRISIS IN UKRAINE: “A congressional delegation visiting Kiev said Sunday that Ukrainian officials were deeply concerned by a Russian troop buildup, worried that an unpredictable President Vladimir Putin could make a foray into eastern Ukraine and determined to fight back if he did. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said the United States intends to warn Putin off by providing more help for Ukraine and promising Russia deeper financial pain if it refuses to back off its threatening stance,” writes Kathy Lally: Kathy Lally for The Washington Post: U.S. lawmakers, on visit to Ukraine, call for continued aid against Russian threat
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STAT OF THE DAY: Washington, D.C. and San Jose, CA averaged a +4 score on Gallup‘s Economic Confidence Index over the past two years, the highest scores among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas: Justin McCarthy for Gallup: San Jose and D.C. Tie for Highest in Economic Confidence